Happy Birthday, Keorapetse William Kgositsile, born 19 September 1938
- What you know is merely a point of departure. So let’s move.
- All things come to pass When they do, if they do All things come to their end When they do, as they do…
- University degrees, including doctoral ones, should never be allowed to be terminal, like an illness. It does not stop with being awarded a degree. It can never be a destination; it remains, permanently, a road to be travelled. And that pursuit for knowledge can never be for its own sake; it must be used as an instrument to equip us to be of better service to society; an instrument to enable us to be instrumental agents of our historic mission, which is to create a better future for the majority of our people.
- In a situation of oppression, there are no choices beyond didactic writing: either you are a tool of oppression or an instrument of liberation.
- But any Time is with us. And if we take control to shape our attitude and reshape our memories, that time is always now - our time for the best possible uses of our lives.
- Beware, my son, words that carry the loudnesses of blind desire also carry the slime of illusion dripping like pus from the slave’s battered back.
- Those things in life that matter will give you pain as you learn to understand life.
Kgositsile, also known as ‘Bra Willie’ is a South African poet and political activist. He published his most influential collection My Name is Afrika, in 1971, which established him as a leading African poet. He was inaugurated as South Africa’s National Poet Laureate in 2006.
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